From the daredevil sights of surfers riding huge waves to the enthralling sight of Muay Thai boxers to the glamorous contest of beach volleyball, there are several sporting sights to revel in around the world. This year, visit these amazing sites associated with exhilarating sight of sports at these iconic destinations.
Ancient Olympia, Greece
Readers might argue what is the point of adding Ancient Olympia to the list of the sporty sights of earth, but the truth is Olympia served as the main inspiration of the greatest sporting spectacle on earth – the first-ever Olympics. The birthplace of Olympic Games is now a world heritage site with the ruins of complex of temples, priests, dwellings, public buildings and even the stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilImage Source: Wikimedia
Rio de Janeiro’s famed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are not just ultimate beach destinations but also some of the sportiest sights of the planet. Beach Volleyball is a common sight on the beaches of Rio and Brazil, filled with international players, locals and travellers. The very sight of men and women diving and showcasing their skills is a delight and will compel you to join.
Mont Ventoux, FranceImage Source: Wikimedia
Mont Ventoux, also known as ‘Giant of Provence’ is an iconic mountain climb made famous by the annual Tour de France event. The Mont Ventoux is an imposing peak and is a beacon for cyclists and many international cyclists have tested their mettle on the gradient of the 22 km long.
Pipeline, Hawaii, USAImage Source: Wikimedia
The Banzai Pipeline, or simply ‘Pipeline’ in Hawaii is a surf reek break where stunning, death defying stunts by professional surfers riding waves upto 9-10 meters in high-risk manoeuvres is a common sight. On the north shore of Hawaii, the waves of Banzai pipeline creates the most insane surfing conditions and have claimed numerous lives that any other surfing places on earth. The stunning 10 meter waves break into shallow reefs and hazardous currents tends to pull the surfers. Yet, Pipeline is filled with daring surfers round the year.
St. Andrews, ScotlandImage Source: Wikimedia
Golf’s birthplace, St. Andrews in Scotland has one of the most esteemed golf courses around the world. The amazing course, where golf has been played since the 15th century, is open to public, too. However, one has to enter a lottery or book months in advance to get a tee-off time.
Super Bowl, USAImage Source: Wikimedia
Every year, the America’s National Football League championship, the Super Bowl, tends to hold the interest and imagination of millions of Americans. The Super Bowl, played during the last Sunday of January or the first Sunday of February is the pinnacle sight of American sports. Over 60% of viewership and one of the highest advertising slots in the world and plenty of razzmatazz, makes it a true American spectacle.
Muay Thai, Bangkok, ThailandImage Source: Wikimedia
The frenzied pace of Bangkok has several charms and attractions but the exhilarating display of Muay Thai, the traditional Thai combat sports is one of the best sights of the country. High-kicks, punches, elbow thrusts, knee hooks and low kicks on calf and thigh coupled with frantic betting on fighters, makes it a must experience activity while in Thailand.
AFL, Grand Final, Melbourne, AustraliaImage Source: Wikimedia
The beautiful city of Melbourne turns into a frenzy during the last Saturday of September as the city hosts the famous Australian Football League premiership final. Australia’s most watched sport, the AFL final is played in the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and is beamed on to the television globally.
Monte Carlo, MonacoImage Source: Wikimedia Monte Carlo’s famed glamorous streets hosts the annual Monaco Grand Prix Formula One event. Each year, thousands of billionaires and world’s elite arrive in their luxurious yachts moored alongside the spectacular harbour front which offers a stunning panorama to the race along the famous sights of the marina and the casino.
Bullfighting, Madrid, SpainImage Source: Wikimedia
Bullfighting in Spain has become an integral part of the local culture and has been prevalent since the mid- 18th century. The calls of putting an end to the historic event is getting stronger with each year, however bullrings and bullfighting are still clinging on. The sight is amazing, a fierce bull charging at the spear wielding matadors before getting impaled in front of the vociferous crowd.